Wimbledon 2018: Serena Williams looks to beat Petra Kvitova to eighth title
The seven-time Wimbledon champion is looking to win her 23rd Grand Slam title
It’s not often that Serena Williams doesn’t start as the favourite to win a Grand Slam.
However, the 20-time Major winner is second in the 888sport betting market behind Czech Republic’s Kvitova as 2018’s third Grand Slam got underway on Monday.
Williams is the 25th seed at Wimbledon despite winning the SW19 title on seven previous occasions after the American had her first baby last September.
Serena retired in fourth round at Roland Garros following victories over Karolina Pliskova, Ashleigh Barty and Julia Gorges to shake off some ring rust.
Williams has only played in three tournaments in the past 12 months but the Wimbledon Committee still decided to seed the 36-year-old.
She hasn’t won Wimbledon since 2016 when Williams beat Germany’s Anglique Kerber in straight sets to win the tournament for an seventh time.
In doing so, Serena equalled equaled Steffi Graf’s Open Era record of 22 major singles titles. In 2018, Williams will be hoping to stand alone on 23 Grand Slam titles.
Serena beat her older sister Venus to win her first three Wimbledon crowns in 2002, 2003 and 2009. Williams eased to a straight sets victory over Vera Zvonareva in 2010.
Two years later, the 36-year-old required a third set to dispatch of Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska following a 6–1, 5–7, 6–2 victory.
Williams got her hands on the Wimbledon title for a seventh time with a straight sets win over Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza before her 2016 win over Kerber.
The American’s section contains her compatriot Madison Keys, Magdalena Rybarikova, CoCo Vandeweghe and Caroline Wozniacki.
Kvitova is the favourite to beat Williams to the Wimbledon crown.
The 28-year-old has a rich pedigree at SW19, although her record does pale in comparison to Williams’ seven Wimbledon triumphs.
Kvitova beat Russia’s Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4 in the 2011 Wimbledon final to win her first Grand Slam title on Centre Court.
36 months later, the Czech Republic ace emerged triumphant once again with an emphatic 6-3, 6-0 victory over Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard.
Kvitova’s quarter of the draw looks congested. She could face French Open champion Simona Halep in the latter stages. Maria Sharapova, Jelena Ostapenko, and Johanna Konta are all potential opponents in the two-time winner’s section.
Her elder sister Venus is expected to be a contender to emerge triumphant at SW19.
Williams could be on course meet fellow American Sloane Stephens in the quarter-final for a place in the semis. Venus is a five-time winner at Wimbledon so her pedigree is proven on grass.